Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular selections. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.
Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
We will be looking at Tuesday’s nine-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Elfrid Payton - New York (at Washington)
There are nine-games on tonight’s slate, which means we have no shortage of point guards to consider. I rounded-up at least a dozen plays that would be acceptable through all formats. Elfrid Payton could be an underrated lift within that. He’s taking on a Washington team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to point guards, which could easily unlock his upside. Payton’s minutes have been all over the map lately, but he should be able to stuff the stat-sheet while seeing at least 30-32 minutes in this comfortable draw. Eflrid has notched 39+ fantasy points in two of his last three, and that’s a safe baseline (with upside for much more) tonight.
Bryn Forbes - San Antonio (vs. Dallas)
Dejounte Murray suffered a calf injury on Sunday, and it appears that he’ll miss some time moving forward. Derrick White and Patty Mills are the obvious choices to fill Murray’s role, but we can’t forget about Bryn Forbes in the San Antonio backcourt. Forbes should see a significant boost while logging somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 minutes. His lack of peripheral numbers (rebounds, assists) makes him a volatile fantasy play, but Forbes is worth a look with a near-minimum salary.
Otto Porter Jr. - Chicago (vs. Cleveland)
Porter is only seeing around 20-25 minutes per contest while working his way back from injury. Fortunately, his modest salary accurately reflects that. The Bulls will be without Zach LaVine (and others) tonight, so Porter could find himself carrying the offensive load. That was the case Sunday at Brooklyn, where Otto tallied 41 fantasy points in 25 minutes. He could find another efficient performance against a Cleveland team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
James Johnson - Minnesota (at Houston)
Johnson has been mentioned in this column several times since being traded to Minnesota. The usual disclaimer still holds true: Johnson is a better play on FanDuel, as steals/blocks count for more over there. Johnson could fill the stat-sheet once again while facing a Houston team that ranks 20th in defensive efficiency to power forwards. This should be a fast-paced, high-scoring game (246.5 over/under) that feeds into Johnson’s playing style.
Marquese Chriss - Golden State (vs. LA Clippers)
Draymond Green is still out, so Marquese Chriss will continue to see starter minutes in the Golden State frontcourt. He has had plenty of success in that role lately, hitting 43+ fantasy points in each of his last two games. Chriss has the ability to produce in every statistical category, giving him a good chance to outpace his current mid-range salary.